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General Information and Agency Listing

Criminal Justice majors are required to have a field study/internship experience to complete their education. Students are not allowed to enroll in CJ 4900 or CJ 4950 until they have secured a site and have received approval from Dr. Cleary, Director of Field Study and/or Internships.

Field Study/Internship may be used as follows: from 1 up to 4 credit hours of pass/fail coursework. Only three credit hours of field study/internship are required. Students may fulfill all three hours at one site or divide the credit hours between two placements. The three (3) hours are the equivalent to 120 hours of site work which translates as 40 hours per each hour of field study/internship.

Important Points

  • Students should be of senior status.
  • Preparation should be started four or more months ahead of desired placement time, due to background checks, application processing, etc. involved.
  • Each student is responsible for securing his/her own placement. After securing placement, contact Dr. Shawna Cleary (COM 115F, 405.974.5841).
  • Remember that a professional presentation, both in dress and conduct, is required. Not only are you attempting to further your education and career, but also you are a representative of this university. Present a well-dressed appearance.
  • It is suggested that you begin to secure a field study/internship by writing a letter, such as the sample located in the link below.
  • Prior to the letter, call the desired site and ask for the name and address of the person responsible for student field study/internship positions since personnel changes may make this list inaccurate. The phone number and location should stay the same.
  • Student Field Study/Internship - Contact Letter (Sample)
  • Field Study - Student Form
  • Field Study - Agency Form


* Fully read before seeking advisement on a field study or internship

  1. You must be a Junior or Senior to enroll in the criminal justice undergraduate field study (required) or undergraduate internship (optional). Graduate field study or internships are optional and available only to graduate students.  You must obtain the CJ advisor's permission before enrolling in a field study or internship.
  2. You are responsible for securing a criminal or juvenile justice field study or internship placement. If you need information regarding prospective field study agencies, see your CJ advisor. A list of agencies that have accepted students in the past is available on the shelf outside the department. Do not remove. You must obtain the site's approval BEFORE requesting permission to enroll. If your placement acceptance is revoked or not fully accepted for whatever reason, you must find another placement or withdraw from the course.
  3. You do not have to complete all three credit hours in one semester, not do you have to complete all credit hours at the same agency.
  4. Do not enroll in more field study /internship credit hours than you can complete in the semester. If you request an "I" for the semester, your grade will be lowered one full grade for not completing the contracted hours during that semester in which you are enrolled, unless there is a compelling reason for your not being able to complete the hours as scheduled.
  5. If you have any questions, you may schedule an appointment with the SCJ field study/internship advisor by calling at 405.974.5501 or by e-mailing Dr. Shawna Cleary.

Oklahoma County Sites

Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center & Juvenile Bureau

J'me Overstreet
5905 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Agency Description: To provide a temporary, secure, safe and caring facility for youth who require secure detention for their own protection or that of the community as well as to assure their appearance as needed for legal proceedings.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. OSBI and OKC background check
  2. Written application
  3. nterview with Director

Oklahoma County Juvenile District Attorney

Portia McNeil
5905 North Classen, Suite 301
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Agency Description: Prosecutes juveniles accused of committing crimes in the Juvenile court system.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Background Check

Placement Duties: Help coordinate & contact witnesses, court observations, etc.

Public Defender of Oklahoma County

Melissa French
320 Robert S. Kerr, Suite 611
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Agency Description: Represent indigent clients in court process.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Extensive background check including, but not limited to criminal records & driving records.
  2. Personal Interview

Placement Duties: Gather vital statistics, school/medical records. Act as liaison with witness to schedule appointments for attorneys and investigators. Contact legal and forensic experts on behalf of attorneys and investigators. Maintain strict confidentiality. Travel to different facilities involved.

Police Departments

Police Departments: Ask for who is in charge of student's practicum first; if no one is available, ask to speak to the assistant chief (or if other agencies, ask to speak to someone who would have authority over that area).

Bethany Police Department

Detective Sergeant Sharon Hogan
P.O. Box 1340
Bethany, OK 73008

Agency Description: Detectives follow up on cases, interview witnesses and get statements from everyone involved in a case. File cases with the DA's office and oversees officer reports.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Resume
  2. Fill out a city application
  3. Background check
  4. Interview

Del City Police Department

Lt. James Burgot
405.671.2841 x859
2800 Epperly Drive
Del City, OK 73155

Agency Description: Protect and serve the citizens of Del City. Dispatches the Fire Department. Police department has designed an ATV program for the youths of the metro area.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Interview with Dep. Chief Taylor
  2. Background check and fingerprinting

Edmond Police Department

Officer Randy Payne
23 E 1st Street
Edmond, OK 73034

Agency Description: Area investigations. Assisting in data entry.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Background check
  2. Interview

Midwest City Police Department

Administrative Support Manager Elizabeth Tuiaana
405.739.1305 or 
100 N. Midwest City Blvd
Midwest City, OK 73110

Application process:

  1. Applications are accepted year-round.
  2. Spring internship candidates will be contacted by MPD to meet during the first week in January.
  3. Summer internship candidates will be contacted by MPD to meet during the first week in May.
  4. Fall internship candidates will be contacted by MPD to meet during the first week in August.
  5. After meeting with students, it takes approximately a week to complete a background check, online CJIS training/testing, and fingerprinting before advising students if they are accepted at the agency.

Norman Police Department

MPO Carl Pendleton
201-B West Gray
Norman, OK 73069

Agency Description: An internship at the Norman Police Department gives students the opportunity to be exposed to various areas of the department and to work with highly trained and professional police officers. Interns will receive hands-on training in the areas of Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Crime Lab, Property Custody, Records and Training. An Internship at the Norman Police Department will be very rewarding and will give students the opportunity to be part of the day-to-day operations of the third largest police department in the state.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Application Information
  2. Education level/Major
  3. GPA (Minimum 2.5)
  4. Oral interview
  5. Personal References
  6. Background check
  7. Polygraph screening/examination

For a complete list of application requirements, or to submit an application, visit:

Oklahoma City Police Department

Sgt. Matthew Buchheit 
800 N. Portland Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Agency Description: The Oklahoma City Police Department protects citizens and property from criminal activity, keeps the peace, enforces laws, apprehends criminals and helps prepare cases for prosecution. The department has a central police station and five substations and covers over 2,500 police reporting districts that average 1/4 square mile in size. In addition to officers patrolling the city in cars and on foot, the Police Department includes an Investigations Bureau, an Airport Police Unit, a Helicopter Unit, a Motorcycle Unit, a Canine unit, an Equine Unit and a Lake Patrol Section. The department operates the City's Emergency Management and 9-1-1 programs. The department also has a Crime Scene Investigations Unit to collect and protect evidence, with a state-of-the-art Forensic Lab, Drug Lab and DNA lab to process the evidence.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Internship Application
  2. Background Investigation
  3. Interview

UCO Police Department

Operations Commander - Captain Julius Adkins
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034

Agency Description: The UCO Police Department consists of 6 communications officers and 17 certified police officers that patrol 210 acres. Our community consists of Educational Buildings, Residence Halls, and public property. UCO PD uses foot patrols, police bicycle teams, and vehicles to serve, support, and protect our community. The UCO Police ensure the safety of the community by ensuring the physical security of the campus facilities after normal business hours. UCO Police are also responsible for enforcing traffic laws on campus, enforcing the policies of UCO, and investigating crimes on campus. UCO Police aid motorists and provide several types of escorts to students, faculty, and staff daily. An internship with the UCO Police Department will give students the opportunity to be exposed to various areas of the Police Department and the larger criminal justice system. A selected intern will have the chance to work with Police Officers, Communications Officers, and Detective to receive hands-on training in the areas of Patrol, Investigation, and Communications.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Application & Interview
  2. Background Investigation
  3. Interview with Captain

The Village Police Department

2304 Manchester
The Village, OK 73120

Agency Description: Its primary goal is to protect and serve the citizens of The Village. This department conducts many forms of community-oriented policing.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Background check
  2. Fill out a daily time sheet

State Agencies

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI)

Agent Stan Florence
N. Harvey, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Agency Description: Information Services Division - Identification Unit. Student will work in two units -
Computerized Criminal History (CCH) and the Self Defense Act Licensing Unit (SDA).
The major function in the CCH unit is the processing of criminal history information
from Oklahoma Law Enforcement agencies. This includes the Review and Entry of
arrest and disposition information into Oklahoma's Automated Fingerprinting
Identification System. The major function in the SDA Unit is the processing issuing
and Denial of applications for Self-Defense Act Licenses.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Student must obtain approval from SCJ Faculty (before applying)
  2. Background check
  3. Drug Screen
  4. Polygraph

Anne Simons
6600 N. Harvey
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Agency Description: Information Services Division - Data Collection and Reporting Section.
This internship opportunity is available in the law enforcement data collection component
of the Oklahoma Violent Death Reporting System. This position is location at the OSBI
Headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Student must obtain approval from SCJ Faculty (before applying)
  2. Complete OSBI background investigation

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBN)

Craig Williams
419 NE 38th Terrace
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Practicum Duties: As requested by the Agency.

*Must be arranged at least one semester in advance

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Lt. Mike Thompson
P.O. Box 11415
Oklahoma City, OK 73136

Agency Description: Provides various law enforcement services to the entire State of Oklahoma
and principally deals with traffic, accidents, etc on state highways.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Interview
  2. OSBI Background Check

Oklahoma County Community Sentencing

Bruce McGill
217 N Harvey, Suite 306
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Agency Description: Community Sentencing, working primarily with LSI classified moderate inmates.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Completed application on file
  2. Background check

Placement Duties: To monitor LSI "moderate" individuals and assisting an officer in his or her job.
Works with judges would be included.

Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA)

Willie Craven
3700 N Classen Blvd. Suite C15
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Agency Description: Compile a complete social history, court reports and supervise youth.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Background check
  2. Drug Test
  3. Reference check

Placement Duties: Writing reports, visits in detention, possible visits in institutions attending court

Children and Youth Commissions

Debbie McCowan
4545 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Placement Duties: Placement in various areas: Psychology, Oversight programs, etc.

Norman Probation and Parole Office

Corry Flowers
Southwest District Community Corrections
1919 Industrial Blvd.
Norman, OK 73069

Oklahoma Probation Services

Robin Eubank
600 N. Dewey, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

This is a probation department accepting defendants from Oklahoma County that have misdemeanor charges or non-violent Felony cases that are not required to be monitored by DOC. There is direct supervision at this agency but there are no home visits. Monitoring for employment, completion of programs, searches for new charges, and directing clients to obtain services both court ordered or voluntarily to deal with their case and/or other issues. Suitable candidates would be interested in becoming probation officers or maybe even legal aids.

Federal Agencies

Students may also go to, click on search, and then fill in "student practicum" for further listings. The contact person listed may change. Verify it through a phone call.

U.S. Marshals Service

Lance Tibbitts
200 NW 4th [2nd floor]
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Agency Description: The Marshal Service captures fugitives, mostly offenses involving violent, sexual or drug related type crimes. They provide protection of federal judges and staff as well as federal witnesses. They transport federal prisoners in their own special planes. They also seize and auction all properties and possessions that were previously owned by convicted criminals.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Must be a college student
  2. Student must obtain approval from SCJ Faculty (before applying)
  3. Urinalysis
  4. Background check

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
* Internship put on hold due to funding limitations

Jeanne Gregory - Investigative Analyst
55 North Robinson, Suite 229
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Agency Description: The ATF monitors and investigates the bootlegging of Alcohol and Tobacco.
They also investigate federal firearms violations, as well as explosives.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Initial interview with the special agent in charge of local office
  2. Background check
  3. Fill out federal job application*

*Takes 4 to 5 months to apply

Placement Duties: On site. Sit in on briefings, chain of command, court observation
and office filings.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Valerie Ladner
3301 W Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Rick Raines
3301 W Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Student must obtain approval from SCJ Faculty (before applying)
  2. Interview
  3. Background Check
  4. Fill out federal job application*
  5. Polygraph

***Honors Internship Program: Short window of application, submissions due the fall before summer of internship will be completed; very selective, one person per office per summer

Federal Correctional Institution

P.O. BOX 1000
El Reno, OK 73036

Agency Description: Provides care, control and custody of federal inmates.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Fill out federal job application
  2. Background check
  3. Interview

Placement Duties: Work in housing unit with House Manager. Start paper works several months
in advance.

U.S. Probation Office

Kim Rieger
Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer
215 Dan A. McGee, Room 201
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Student must obtain approval from SCJ Faculty (before applying)
  2. Fill out federal job application
  3. Background check
  4. Interview

Drug Enforcement Agency

Jackie Hobday
901 NE 122nd Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73114

Secret Service, OKC Field Office

Corrections Department

Students must contact warden of each individual prison or community corrections center:

Mabel Bassett Correctional Institution

29501 Kickapoo Road
McCloud, OK 74851

Coordinator: Call individual wardens. - Mabel Basset

Agency Description: To correct offender by offering various programs such as counseling, rehabilitative, parenting, educational, and vocational techniques. Their mission is to serve the public, empower the employee and to rehabilitate the offender.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Fingerprint
  2. Background Check
  3. TB test

Hillside Community Correction Center

Sharon Harrison, District Supervisor
3300 N MLK Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Agency Description: To correct offender by offering various programs such as counseling, rehabilitative, parenting, educational, and vocational techniques. Their mission is to serve the public, empower the employee and to rehabilitate the offender.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Fingerprint
  2. Background Check
  3. TB test

Oklahoma City Community Correction Center

Tommy Morrison
315 W I-44 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Lexington Assessment Center - RFD1

Amanda Webb - Warden's Assistant
405.527.5676 x2108
PO Box 260
Lexington, OK 73051

Agency Description: Join Prison Unit Manager on regular inspections. Help file paperwork and talk with inmates in scheduled sessions. Walk the yard with prison guards.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Background Check
  2. No Drug Activity

Additional Sites

C.A.R.E. Center

Te' Ata Purcell
405.236.2100 x109
PO Box 1125
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1125

Agency Description: Child Abuse Response Evaluation Center. Child advocate role.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Mandatory training and
  2. Background check

Special Opportunity: Hands on experience. Student will work shift (8:30 to 12pm or 12:30 to 4:00)
with direct contact with abused children and their families. Children who have experienced abuse and/or are from meth homes.

University of Oklahoma Criminal Defense Clinic (Fall and Spring Semesters Only)

Cheryl Wattley
300 Timberdell Rd
Norman, OK 73019

Agency Description: Represent indigent criminal defendants who are charged with misdemeanor and some felony offenses. Representation provided by second and third year law students supervised by experienced lawyers working for the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law. Students handle every aspect of the defense of a criminal case.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Must obtain special permission from Dr. Brown
  2. Interest in Criminal Law
  3. Law student or criminal justice student

Special Opportunity: Be a trainer in class room simulation of Robbery I. Role play defendant throughout police/ court process.


Monica Suyo
1701 N Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Agency Description: It provides services to survivors of rape and domestic violence.

Applicant Requirements: (1)3 or 4 verifiable references and (2)A genuine interest in helping victims of domestic violence and rape.

Placement Duties: Answer hot line, provide information/support victims and secondary survivors. Work with children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Juvenile Services Unit (OJA - Logan County)

Martha Rea
201 West Oklahoma, Suite 314
Guthrie, OK 73044

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Fill out a volunteer form
  2. drug test by urinalysis
  3. Background check by OSBI
  4. Three references from friends not relatives

Placement Duties: The duties include intake sessions with both the juvenile and the parents. Staffing with the District Attorney before juvenile court dates. Probation Officer counseling
with the juvenile on a regular basis until they are off probation. Keeping records on every contact you have with a juvenile. Sending out appointment letters. Making visits at home, school, detention centers, or even group homes and some will be out of the area anywhere in the state. Hours are flexible and you may have to work late sometimes, but usually work 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

FCI (Federal Correctional Institution) El Reno

Mail Address: PO Box 1500, El Reno, OK 73036
Physical Address**: 4205 Highway 66 West, El Reno, OK 73036

Phone: 405.262.4875
Fax: 405.319.7626


Project Safe, Shawnee

Contact: Mystie Smith
Phone: 405.613.5809

Reliable Diagnostics Laboratory

Adrienne Johnson
621 NW 6th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

This is currently a toxicology screening laboratory, but is moving toward being a fully functional toxicology confirmation laboratory. After full confirmation capabilities the laboratory will begin branching out into DOT testing and medical laboratory testing. Suitable candidates would be interested in obtaining a degree in the Physical or Biological Sciences that would need laboratory time and training.

Court Assistance Programs

Mary Wickstrom
600 N. Dewey, Ste 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

The Court Assistance Programs does monitoring, education, and criminal intervention for multiple municipal and county jurisdictions in the central Oklahoma area. Substance Related Arrests, Assault Related Arrest, Theft related arrest, and Domestic Violence cases including assessments. CAP works very closely with about 12 different court jurisdictions, multiple DOC and DHS jurisdictions, numerous attorney’s on pre-plea cases, Judges and Prosecutors in Out Of Custody RID situations, and the Attorney General’s Victim Unit on Domestic Violence cases. Suitable candidates would be criminal justice, sociology, psychology, and in some cases maybe even pre-law degree sets.